Report from America: Las Vegas

By June 13, 2006Report from America

Report from AmericaLean Not Spoken HereSpent yesterday in the land of sun and sin (not in that order, necessarily), Las Vegas, speaking to the Progressive Manufacturing Summit. (And no, to those of you who e-mailed us, it was not an offshoot of the Yearly Kos).

In any event, it was a room full of roll-up-the-sleeves manufacturers — you know, the people who make prosperity in this country. These folks all embrace the principles of lean manufacturing and work diligently to maximize the efficiency of their processes so as to wring out all excess costs. We used the slide posted over on the left, the “Lean Not Spoken Here” logo, imposed over a picture of the Capitol building. Got a great reaction. They got the point. The folks under the dome are imposing ever-higher costs on American manufactures or turn a blind eye when it comes time to lower costs, like energy cost, by simply opening up domestic supplies of energy.

In any event, it was a good and attentive group and we told them to check here for the slides today, so here they are.

We didn’t quite make it all the way home — thanks to the incompetent boobs over at UAL — only made it as far as Denver. Will write more on this later today, as there were some manufacturers in the room with great stories to tell. Will highlight one of them later.